Desert Smash

A Charity Celebrity Tennis Event.

Hosted by

Epic Sports

March 7 – 11, 2022

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Desert Smash

Where Hollywood & Professional Tennis Collide

The 18th Annual Desert Smash tennis exhibition is back – bringing together A-List Hollywood talent and the world’s best professional tennis players for a one-day extravaganza to benefit the LA-based non-profit charity, Imagine LA, a non-profit whose mission is to end the cycle of family homelessness and chronic poverty through an empowering support system of mentors and professional social workers.

Benefiting Charity

THIS YEAR, DESERT SMASH IS PROUD TO BE PARTNERED WITH LA-BASED CHARITY, IMAGINE LA

Imagine LA is dedicated to ending family homelessness and poverty.

We equip families to maintain housing and thrive long-term through a unique combination of housing, clinical case management, economic mobility pathways, and whole-family mentorship.

In 2022 we will work with over 300 hundred families. The majority of our families are led by single women and 86% identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. More than half of our families live in South LA.

Meet Your Tennis Pros

Meet The Pros

Emma Raducanu

Reigning 2021 US Open champion. Emma made a historic run at the 2021 US Open Championship by winning three rounds of qualifying matches and seven matches in the tournament, without losing a set. This was the second Grand Slam tournament of her career; she holds the record for the fewest majors played before winning a title. This February, Emma was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year after receiving the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Photo Credit: Yonex

Meet The Pros

Casper Ruud

Current world No. 8 in singles, Casper has been tapped as one of the best young talents on the ATP Tour, Casper took the tennis world by storm at the young age of 24. In 2020, Casper became the first ever tennis player from Norway to win an ATP title (Buenos Aires), and took over as the highest ranked Norwegian tennis player in history by reaching world No.34, surpassing his father Christian who previously held this honor (career high No.39). In 2021, Casper captured five (5) titles, three (3) of them in a row at Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel in July 2021 to become 1st player to win 3 titles in as many weeks since Murray at 2011 Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai. Casper finished the 2021 season, at the year-end Nitto ATP Finals, where he equaled the biggest win of career vs. No. 5 Rublev to reach the 2021 Semifinals.

Meet The Pros

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka is a former world No. 1 in singles and current world No.18 in singles. Vika claimed the top ranking for the first time on 30 January 2012. She was the year-end No. 1 in 2012 and has held the top ranking for a combined total of 51 weeks. Azarenka has won 21 WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, becoming the first Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam tournament singles title. Azarenka is also a three-time major finalist at the US Open. A bronze and Gold Medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in singles and mixed doubles competition, Vika has finished with a year-end top 10 singles ranking for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013.

Meet The Pros

The Bryan Brothers

Identical twin brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, are retired American professional doubles tennis players and the most successful doubles duo of all time. The Bryans have won multiple Olympic medals, including the gold in 2012 and have won more professional games, matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing. They held the World No. 1 doubles ranking jointly for 438 weeks, longer than anyone in doubles history, and have also enjoyed that World No. 1 ranking together for a record 139 consecutive weeks. They have finished as the ATP year-end number 1 doubles team a record 10 times. Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era record by competing in seven consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam finals.

Meet Your Celebrities

COMING SOON

Flying To The Desert Smash

The La Quinta Resort is less than 20 miles from the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). The airport’s 13 air carriers provide nonstop service to 36 airports that include Atlanta, Austin, Bellingham, Boise, Boston, Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Eugene, Everett, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City-JFK, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Provo, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. Canadian nonstop routes include Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

What’s Included?

  • Four (4) night stay at the La Quinta Resort and Club

  • Private Tequila Tasting Reception Hosted by La Quinta Resort

  • Invite-only, Desert Smash Kickoff Cocktail Party at Zenyara Estate (not available to the public)

  • Invitation to play in private tennis clinic prior to Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition

  • Courtside VIP tickets to Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition matches

  • VIP Invitation to Desert Smash After Party & Performance

  • Showcourt Tickets to BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday, Day Session March 9th, 2022

  • Curated Desert Smash gift bag

Your Home Away from Home

Host Resort

La Quinta Resort & Club

Set on 45 lush acres of vibrantly-colored gardens and pathways, La Quinta Resort offers hacienda-style casitas and suites clustered around 41 pools. Enjoy five top-rated championship golf courses, including the Stadium Course at PGA WEST, 23 tennis courts and Spa La Quinta. A dream location for those seeking a premier destination in the desert sun.

Itinerary

DAY 1 SUNDAY – ARRIVAL & DAY AT LEISURE / EVENING TEQUILA TASTINGS

  • Arrival & Check-in while receiving a welcome gift. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the expansive resort’s 45 acres & amenities.
  • Hosted cocktail reception by La Quinta Resort & Club with Desert Smash talent scheduled to appear; Emma Raducanu, Casper Ruud, Victoria Azarenka, Mike/Bob Bryan and other ATP/WTA touring pros.
  • Recommended dining options include Adobe Grill & Morgan’s in the Desert located in the Grand Plaza across from the resort lobby.
    • Reservations available through resort concierge.

DAY 2 MONDAY – DAY AT LEISURE & DESERT SMASH KICKOFF COCKTAIL PARTY

  • (Optional) 10:00am – 11:30am: Tennis clinic hosted by La Quinta Resort Tennis Professionals.
  • Suggested activities for the day include:
    • Golf accommodations available across 5 different PGA West courses (https://www.laquintaresort.com/golf/)
      • Resort concierge available to schedule tee times
    • Renowned La Quinta Spa with cutting-edge relaxation treatments and services.
      • Resort concierge available to schedule appointments
    • Discover the scenic hiking trails around La Quinta
      • See available hiking trails here
    • Enjoy an afternoon in Old Town La Quinta
      • Biking accommodations available through Resort concierge
  • 7PM Exclusive Desert Smash Private Kickoff Cocktail Party
    • Round Trip shuttle to the event will be located adjacent to the lobby, departing promptly at 7pm and returning at 9pm
    • Held at Zenyara, a luxury private estate located in nearby Indio, CA. The estate is approximately a 15 minute drive from La Quinta.
    • Reception will include a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and catered buffet.
    • Event is closed to public, held exclusively for celebrity talent, professional tennis athletes/players, our guests and sponsors.

    DAY 3 TUESDAY – ANNUAL DESERT SMASH EXIHIBITION & EXCLUSIVE AFTER PARTY

    • 10am-12pm: Hosted tennis clinic by Tenacity at the La Quinta Tennis Center
      • LiveBall, King of the Court, Instructional clinics
    • 12pm-1pm: Catered lunch provided by La Quinta Resort & Club
    • 2pm-5pm 18th Annual Desert Smash Exhibition
      • ATP Tour Match 2p-3p
      • Celebrity Pro-Am Doubles Match 3p-4p
      • Legends/ATP/WTA Match 4p-5p
    • 7:30 – 10:30pm: 18th Annual Desert Smash After Party in the Santa Rosa Ballroom hosted by h.Wood group.
      • Musical Talent to be announced soon!

    DAY 4 WEDNESDAY: BNP PARIBAS OPEN DAY

    BNP Paribas Open Day Session

    • Tournament transportation shuttles available through dedicated Resort concierge
    • Tickets will be available at Will Call (Main Gate)
      • VIP and Hospitality packages available at additional cost – please contact ryan@epicworldwide.net
    • Suggested evening dining at Morgan’s in the Desert.
      • Reservations available through dedicated Resort concierge.

      DAY 5 THURSDAY: DEPARTURE

      • Departure from La Quinta Resort & Club.
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      Ticket Options

      RESORT CASITA PACKAGE

      $5,495PP Based on Double Occupancy
      • Four night stay at the La Quinta Resort and Club – (Resort Casita King)
      • Private Tequila Tasting Reception Hosted by La Quinta Resort & Spa
      • Invitation to the private, invite-only, Desert Smash Kickoff Cocktail Party
      • Invitation to play in Private Tennis Clinic prior to Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition
      • Courtside VIP ticket to Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition Matches
      • VIP Invitation to Desert Smash After Party & Performance
      • Two Showcourt Tickets to BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday, Day Session
      • Curated Desert Smash Gift Bag by Sol Angeles
      • Golf Available For Individual Tee Times At La Quinta Resort And Neighboring PGA West Properties

      LUX SPA VILLA PACKAGE (VIP)

      $8,495PP Based on Double Occupancy
      • Private Meet & Greet With Desert Smash Celebrity Talent, Professional Tennis Athletes/Players
      • Four night stay at the La Quinta Resort and Club – (Luxury Spa Villa)
      • Private Tequila Tasting Reception Hosted by La Quinta Resort & Spa
      • Invitation to private, invite-only, Desert Smash Kickoff Cocktail Party
      • Invitation to play in Private Tennis Clinic prior to Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition
      • Courtside VIP ticket to Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro Tennis Exhibition
      • VIP Invitation to Desert Smash After Party & Performance
      • Two Showcourt Tickets to BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday, Day Session
      • Curated Desert Smash Gift Bag by Sol Angeles
      • Golf Available For Individual Tee Times At La Quinta Resort And Neighboring PGA West Properties
      • $150 in Resort Credit

      Resort Casita Package (Single)

      $6,695Single Person
      • Includes same provisions as the Resort Casita Package

      Lux Spa Villa (VIP - Single)

      $10,695Single Person
      • Includes same provisions as the Lux Spa Villa Package

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